"The player now has permission to complete the usual formalities to conclude the transfer immediately." Paris St Germain paid Barca 222m euros for Brazilian forward Neymar in August and the French club will pay Monaco 180m euros to sign Kylian Mbappe when he completes a loan spell this season. Coutinho's fee will eclipse both the 105m euros Barca paid Borussia Dortmund for France forward Ousmane Dembele in August and the 75m pounds ($102) Liverpool received from Barca for Luis Suarez in 2014. Coutinho will be unable to play for Barca in the Champions League this season after taking part in the competition for Liverpool but he will boost their bid for a 25th La Liga title. Ernesto Valverde's side have a six-point lead at the top of the standing with a game in hand against Levante Sunday. Newspaper AS said Coutinho is expected to attend the match at the Nou Camp in the presidential box.
Philippe Coutinho is now the second-most expensive player in world football. pic.twitter.com/AfaichBPkJJanuary 6, 2018
Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp said the club had tried everything to keep Coutinho at Anfield but the player had remained determined to join Barca since they had bids for him rejected in August. "It is with great reluctance that we – as a team and club – prepare to say farewell to a good friend, a wonderful person and a fantastic player in Coutinho," Klopp said in a statement on Liverpool's website. "I can tell the Liverpool supporters that we, as a club, have done everything within our mean to convince Philippe that remaining part of LFC was as attractive as moving to Spain, but he is 100% certain his future – and that of his family – belongs at Barca. "It is his dream and I am now convinced there is nothing left at our disposal to change his mind." Klopp also hinted that Liverpool, who recently signed Virgil van Dijk from Southampton for 75m pounds, a world record for a defender, would spend the money for Coutinho on new players in the January transfer window. “I have so much belief in the talent we have here already and even more faith, together with our owners, that we will make continued investment into the playing squad, which will allow more growth and more improvement," Klopp added.
? @LFC's Transfer Business: ? Philippe Coutinho signed for £8.5m. ? Sold to Barcelona for £142m. ? Luis Suarez signed for £23m. ? Sold to Barcelona for £65m. ? Raheem Sterling signed for £600k. ? Sold to Manchester City for £44m. ? Serious Profits ? pic.twitter.com/qpDvc4zLPw— SPORF (@Sporf) January 6, 2018